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Spun out commercial vehicles force closure of Coquihalla northbound

Coquihalla fully closed

UPDATE 9:50 p.m.

DriveBC now says the Coquihalla Highway is closed in both directions between Hope and Merritt.

The northbound lanes were closed late this afternoon after several commercial vehicles spun out just south of the Great Bear Snowshed.

Now, southbound lanes are also closed due to spun out commercial vehicles about six kilometres north of Hope.

Snow has been falling for much of the afternoon and evening on the Coquihalla.

DriveBC suggests motorists use highways 1 or 3 if they need to move between the Lower Mainland and the Interior.

There is no indication as to when the road will reopen to traffic.


UPDATE 7:10 p.m.

There is nothing new to report on the northbound closure of the Coquihalla Highway.

In its latest update DriveBC continue to say the road remains closed after several commercial vehicles spun out in the snow just south of the Great Bear Snowshed.

DriveBC continues to advise motorists to use highways 1 or 3 as alternate routes.

There's no indication when the northbound lanes may reopen.


ORIGINAL 5:15 p.m.

Northbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway are closed after several commercial vehicles are reported to have spun out in very snowy conditions.

The incident occurred about two kilometres south of the Great Bear Snowshed between the Portia exit and Zopkios brake check.

There is no indication how long the route will be closed.

Motorists trying to get to the Okanagan from the Lower Mainland should use alternate routes as no detours are available.

Those caught in the closure are being told to expect delays.

DriveBC will update the situation later this afternoon.

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